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some Irish lit to read this St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I figured this was a good excuse to talk about some of my favorite Irish lit.  If you wanted to read something Irish this St. 723 more words

Book Reviews

Characters and Relationships in 'Philadelphia Here I Come!'


Since Gar is the central character in this play it is important to consider his character in relation to the other characters.  What first strikes us about the play is, perhaps, the dominance of the male characters. 4,142 more words

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The Theme of Communication in 'Philadelphia Here I Come!'

Joe Dowling, who directed productions of ‘Philadelphia Here I Come!’ at the Abbey and Gaeity Theatres has said that the play deals primarily, ‘with the failure of people to communicate with each other on an intimate level.   3,773 more words

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The Theme of Escape in 'Philadelphia Here I Come!'


One of the most frequently recurring themes in Anglo-Irish literature is the flight or escape from a harsh environment.  The linked themes of escape, exile and emigration are frequently found in drama, prose and poetry.  2,357 more words

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book (play script) review: Translations by Brian Friel

Translations by Brian Friel

published in 1980


Translations, set in a fictional Donegal village in 1833, is a play about a 19th century Ordnance Survey wherein a mass Anglicization of Irish-Gaelic place names occurred. 314 more words

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John Hurt: an absolute master at portraying misfits by Michael Billington

Hurt, who has died aged 77, was a superb, if too infrequent, stage actor. In plays by Beckett, Pinter and Stoppard, he had an intuitive understanding of outsiders… 829 more words


Will Pricing at the IDIQ Level Disappear?

The change could lead to the creation of contract vehicles that use only technical factors to evaluate bidders, leaving pricing competition to take place at the task order level. 10 more words